jzzbassman (1554) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes: On tap at City Tavern, this poured a dark brown with a beautiful head. Aroma starts nice with roasted malt , but has an off bananna like aroma. Flavor is a little sweet, with lots of alcohol evident. Interesting to try.
cazort (558) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Extremely disappointing given that the other brews I’ve had from Yards have been outstanding. Aroma soft, caramelly, sweet, mild. Very little bitterness; overall, too bland. A mild suggestion of roast in the flavour and aroma. Very smooth. Dominant alcohol taste. Very very estery--one of the most estery brews I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t call this beer a porter; it hardly resembles any other porters I’ve had--the esters kill it and overall, the flavors I’m expecting are too weak or not present at all. I did not finish it.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via trade with Lou18 - Thanks Lou! Pours dark brown with a huge rocky tan head. Very tough to get poured into the glass. Aroma is roasted malt that molasses mentioned on the label and something sour. Flavor is much better. Roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, and a fair hop finish. Palate is medium bodied and fairly well carbonated. A tasty porter when you get by the enormous head and the slightly sour aroma.
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark ruby with an enormous, almost comical off white head. Aroma of faint roasted malt/burnt toast, chalk, and some dark fruit. Flavor of watered down coffee, dark fruits, and heavy sweetness. One positive, the 7% ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel is of medium body with an overly high carbonation level. Finish is bland with notes of mineral. Overall, a bland thin-ish porter that was a chore for me to finish. I’m usually a fan of Yard’s beers, but somehow I don’t think that George would approve of evoking his name in regards to this beer.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Sippin by the River ’05. Sorry not to have gotten to this before. Fresh, local porter, ture to the style, with a little bump. Beats Yuengling’s porter.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Very little aroma. Some malt scent. Brown. Clear. Small tan head. Almost no lacing. Medium bitter flavor with lots of choclate and some malt. Ok to drink. Not a great porter, but not bad.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Absolutely massive tan/beige head, medium density, eventually settling into a brown/amber/red body. Aroma suggestive of vanilla, caramel, and even a hint of yeast. Strong alcohol jumps out of the flavor, but there is some candi sugar sensibility and some roasted notes, though the finish suggests a bitterness not born of roast but of metal. Not bad, but not wowing me. Middle of the pack to slightly below average among American porters. But hey, if the Father of Our Country liked this beer, it must be good. Bottle.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2005
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Paul. Smells like vinegar but not like it’s turned (yet?). Theres still some caramel and cola flavors too. Actully, it gets to be port-ish, grape/almost raisen-ish. Too sweet and no roastiness.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Slob for this one. Aroma is very muted, but some mild sweetness of indeterminable origin comes through. Dark brown with a large creamy head. More sweet than roasty, but it has sort of sulpher tinge to it rather than any molasses I have had. Some mild cheery fruit flavors in the finish. Doesn’t have that roasty wholesomeness I expect froma porter.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a bit light colored for a porter- deep red/light brown with a big head at first but fades. Carbonation is way too high as was expected from Yards. Aroma is moslty fruity with lots of crystla malts with hints of chocolate. SOme yeasty notes along wit some fruit- makes me think the fermentation temp is too high. Molasses definately adds to the alcohol. Sweet caramel malt flavors with some hot alcohol in the end.